March 26, 2007

Charlottetown commissions new secondary treatment wastewater plant

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-Charlottetown's new wastewater treatment plant recently began its testing procedures and expects to be fully functional by this coming July. The $21.2-million project, which began in 2005, consists of major upgrades to Charlottetown's wastewater treatment capabilities and the implementation of the city's portion of the provincial sludge management strategy. The facility's secondary treatment equipment, commissioned last month, uses a biological process that removes 90% of the wastewater strength prior to discharge. Commissioning will be completed this month for implementation of the provincial sludge management strategy, which will ensure that all sludge, including septic tank and municipal treatment plant waste, is treated and stabilized to the highest standard prior to land application. The project was funded jointly by the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

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